Similar species include: the little blue heron, Egretta caerulea; the great egret, Ardea alba; the snowy egret, Egretta thula; and the cattle egret, Bubulcus ibis(Farrand 1983). The latter three species may resemble the reddish egret in the white phase. The little blue heron is more slender than E. rufescens, has a bluish bill with a dark tip and bluish-green legs. The great egret is larger, with black legs and feet and an all-yellow bill that lacks a black tip. Finally, the cattle egret is smaller with a shorter neck, orange-red bill and pinkish legs. Flight Patterns & Locomotion: Reddish egrets exhibit graceful flight patterns and a characteristic dashing and lurching motion when moving through the water in search of prey (Terres 1980).
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